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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
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This is another sample from the swap with Zack. Thank you!

I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, but this is why I keep trying teas. You find little gems you would have never thought you would have liked. When I opened the pouch the smell to me was very off putting, but when steeped this turned into a really good cup and I could see this being the perfect iced tea in the summer. It has a good black base mixed with a great flavor of apricot. In my cup the scent from the bag is not overpowering the drink, but blends well with the base to create a true to apricot flavor that is just perfect.

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drank Big Red Sun by Harney & Sons
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This is another sample from the swap with Zach. Thanks!

Yum! I ordered a tin of the sachets of the HT English Breakfast. If I would have known about this loose leaf before I ordered I think I would have just gotten a tin of this. This is a nice breakfast blend! It brews up very dark in color, almost to the point of scary me into not drinking it. It is a robust flavor with hints of bitterness, but just the right kind. It is still smooth, and slightly fruity. This tea would take milk really well if you are into that sorta thing. This will go on the wish list. Now if I only had enough to do a comparison with the HT English Breakfast, or is it the same tea different name? Reading the descriptions they are pretty much similar. Does anyone know?


I DO know the answer to this….but I have to think… I know that there were 2 teas that were the same but just labeled differently… I thought it was either HT and Big Red Sun OR Big Red Sun and Safari Breakfast?? Now I’m confusing myself. If you call them, they’ll tell you. That’s what I did….

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is a sachet sample from TeaAve. Thank you!

I enjoyed this tea at work today. I have never had anything Osmanthus before. This was a citrusy, sweet flavor that blended very well wit the base oolong. The oonlong at first at slight roasty notes that made me actually think the base was the TGY. This was a much stronger flavor than the other two flavored oolongs I tried from TeaAve. the Ginger Lily and Cape Jasmine. This is very enjoyable, but I think I would want to try this one again before purchasing a larger amount. Of the teas I have tried from TeaAve. the Ginger Lily and the Oriental Beauty have been my favorites.

I logged on to TeaAve’s site on Sunday and debated an order, but quickly saw the shipping price and threshold. EEKS!!!!! TeaAve will have to wait a few months or for a shipping sale.

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Zen Tea
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This is another sample from Zach. Thank you!

I have been enjoying Adagio’s Cocomint Rooibos. I am not sure which of the two I prefer. I think the flavors of Adagio’s blend are a tad bit stronger. I might have to do a side by side comparison tomorrow night. This is good. I forgot to add some sugar tonight so the flavors do not pop, but it has been keeping me company while I finish up work tonight.

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This is a sample from Zack. Thank you!.

I have been a little leery of ordering the blended teas from Whispering Pines, because the pure tea is oh so good. This is a combination of Alioshan Black and Keemun. The Keemun is what stands out to me in this blend, but with the Alioshan, it seems to be a much softer cup. Slightly fruity, a rounded bread flavor with hints of chocolate. A great morning cup.


Lord of The Rings reference?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

@haveteawilltravel Of course! :)

Glad you liked this, TeaTiff! Don’t be leery…I like plain teas most so my blends have to suit me as well. Trust in the blends! Hehe ;-)

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Oh milk oolong how I love thee. I have been trying to drink down my cupboard a bit this week so in the process of doing so, sometimes I neglect favorite. The milk oolong is one of the first teas I truly fell in love with and today on the snowy afternoon it is a great companion. floral, sweet, slightly creamy and buttery. Yum!

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This was a very generous sample from Wymn Tea. Thank you!

I enjoyed this as my lazy saturday afternoon tea yesterday. I am just starting out with pu-erh so I am not sure how great my notes will be about the tea. This tea was very hard for me to get to open up. I did quite a few rinses before the leaves ever appeared to break apart. The flavors that I got out of the infusions ranges from borderline bitter, to tangy fruit with honey, a few infusions had a creamy feel to the mouthful, and then towards the end a few infusions showed hints of woodiness. Since I am new to pu-erh I will leave this unrated. It was an enjoyable afternoon tea, but it didn’t stand out to me as a favorite in regards to the few Sheng’s I have tried.


No problem TeaTiff! Thanks for the review! This is a tightly compressed cake. We usually break it into smaller pieces first so that the leaves open up quicker.

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This is another sample sachet from TeaAve. Thank you!

I brewed this today at work in my new 5oz finum hot glass system. I did 3 steeps. The first steep at 2 mins, the second steep at 3 mins, and the last steep at 5 mins. It was fun finally being able to see the true color of tea through the glass. This tea brewed up a very lovely golden brown. I noticed that the flavor of this tea really popped once the temperature had cooled for a bit after the steep. It was very honey sweet, with hints of caramel, and fruity notes of peach. I love Oriental Beauty Oolongs, and this was a great example of one. Another wonderful offering by TeaAve. I look forward to Sunday to be able to hop on the webpage!

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drank Tie Kwan Yin Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is another sachet sample from TeaAve. Thank you!

I feel like a broken record with these teas. Amazing, wonderful and so on so forth, but these oolongs have been quite the treat. The Tie Kwan Yin has been no exception to that. It was a roastier TGY than I was expecting, but it was a great level of roast for me. It was slightly fruity, I was definitely picking up on the peach notes in this tea. Like the other oolongs I have been sampling from TeaAve there was a slight creamy mouth feel to it. I didn’t get to spend as much time with tea as I would have liked. It was a crazy afternoon at work, but my first impression was a very good one. Thank you!

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drank Cape Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
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This is another sachet sample from TeaAve. Thank you!

This was a very light smooth oolong with hints of Jasmine. This had a somewhat creamy texture, but not quite as creamy as the Ginger Lilly. This was one of the best Jasmine teas I have had. The flavoring blending so well with the base. How do you guys do that? It was slightly floral, creamy, mixed with the perfect amount of Jasmine. Another oolong I was blown away by. Thank you!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

When their stores opens I am going to have to get buckets of this tea, so good!


I am not a HUGE Jasmine fan, so I actually think I will be ordering buckets for the Ginger Lilly, but I still have 4 samples to go through. If they are all this good my tea budget might be shot as soon as the TeaAve doors open for business!


Cape Jasmine! I just had the regular

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.


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